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Regarding the Kanyini movie
Available to watch here: https://vimeo.com/292549994
Uncle Bob in Times Square. Artwork by Helen
The artwork of Uncle Bob called “I am” was selected to be seen in Times Square in New York.
Water for Unity – Rainbow drops of Life.
An international movement, that aims to connect as much people as possible in a common intent of harmony, peace and unity.
The collective intent leads people to resonate mutually, and to regain a sense of affinity and of membership to something bigger.
We are different cells of a single large entity: the humanity.
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Rebuilding from the ground up – An alternative to the Northern Territory Intervention.
The NT Intervention has been a disaster for Aboriginal communities.
Rather than ‘closing the gap’, government statistics show Indigenous incarceration rates have risen by almost 30 per cent,i school attendance is down in many places,ii suicide and self harm have increasediii and thousands of workers are being put onto Centrelink as CDEP closes down. There are growing crises in urban centres such as Alice Springs as large numbers of people move in from the bush.iv
The suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act to seize land, assets and authority has destroyed trust in government and many well run programs. Much of the unprecedented investment of more $1.5 billion has been wasted on government bureaucrats and contractors.
Alongside the Intervention, the NT government has introduced policies guided by the same approach of paternalism and assimilation including dissolving Aboriginal community councils, effective cuts to homelands and smaller communities, and bans on bilingual education.
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The group Manta Trio has made some of the music in the movie Kanyini.
For me the term ‘world music’ has been stretched almost to breaking point, with a wide assortment of artists from around the globe now claiming world music status and critics and audiences starting to worry about where to draw the lines.
When I first heard the improvisations of the three musicians, Russell Smith, Ashley Naylor and Theo Chen, who had found each other to form the ensemble now known as Manta, I realised that this is what ‘world music’ was really all about – three artists, from three cultures, three races, and three musical traditions – that could not only blend seamlessly but could elevate the music they create well beyond it’s component parts.
And that seminal live recording was as fresh and unique as I had ever heard (and after thirty years in the music business I think that is saying something), yet as grounded and sincere as each of their respective cultures dictates.
…continue reading click the Manta Trio link above.